Chester History and Heritage

Chester History and Heritage
St Michael's Church
Bridge Street Row
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 1NW
England

Website

Website

www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/visiting

E-mail

Elaine.Pierce-Jones@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Telephone

Main number for Chester History & Heritage

01244 972210

Heritage Officer

01244 922207

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Chester History & Heritage Centre - St Michael's Church

Chester History & Heritage is a local & family history resource centre sited in the heart of Chester. We offer free internet access via the popular People's Network and operate a family history advice service provided by research group experts - again - free to all customers. Our main collection comprises photographs of Chester district - those on our imagebank can be accessioned online but we also have thousands of images of Chester from the past 50 years which can be used by local residents and visitors.

We have a rolling programme of exhibitions and events, produce a thrice yearly newsletter, hold microfiche and microfilm sources for Chester including newspapers, electoral rolls and parish registers, and offer various film showings of Chester's past.

Venue Type:

Archive, Heritage site

Opening hours

Monday-Friday 10 - 12 & 1-4.00pm
Closed 24 Dec - 3rd Jan inclusive

Admission charges

Free

Additional info

Access: Due to the historic nature of St Michael's church there is, unfortunately, no access for wheelchair users. However, if notified in advance it will be possible to make other arrangements to see material that we hold. If you cannot visit us in person, we will be pleased to carry out research on your behalf through the Postal Enquiry Service.

We have a variety of family and local history sources to help you in your search:

* General Register Office Index for England and Wales, 1837-1949 (The Civil Registration Index of Births, Deaths and * Marriages on microfiche) - £1 per hour charge
* Census for Chester District, 1841 1901 (on microfiche and microfilm)
* 1881 census for UK (on CD Rom)
* Also on CD Rom: Ormerod, 1851 census for Cheshire, Holy Trinity Church Chester Parish Registers, Betram Merrall Marriage Index and the National Burial Index
* Electoral Registers for Chester (on microfiche)
* International Genealogical Index for Cheshire and surrounding counties (on microfiche)
* Parish Registers for Chester City parishes (on microfilm)
* Local newspapers (cuttings, full papers on microfilm)
* Map collection
* Local Studies Library
* Chester Archaeological Society Library
* Chester Image Bank
* Chester Photographic Survey here - street by street documentation of Chester District from 1960s onwards

Let us help you find out more about Chester, or about your family's past click on one of the menu options, or email us with your own particular query.

Collection details

Archives, Social History, Photography

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Cheshire's Great War Stories - Touchscreen Kiosk Tours

  • 9 September 2013 — 30 November 2014 *on now

You will be able to access many Cheshire Collections related to the Great War through the touchscreen kiosks throughout the year. They will be in the following locations:-
Chester Library - until the end of October 2014.
Port Sunlight Museum - until the end of October 2014.
Weaver Hall Museum & Workhouse, Northwich - until the end of October 2014.
Widnes Library - 14 February - 27 March 2014
Crewe Library - 24 February - 23 April 2014
Frodsham Library - 27 March - 4 July 2014
Winsford Library - 23 April - 25 July 2014
Nantwich Museum - 4 July - 26 September 2014
National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port - 25 July - 26 September 2014
Neston Library - 28 September - 28 November 2014
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery - 28 September - End of November 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age
The Rows

An Ornament to the City: The Rows of Chester

  • 31 March — 4 July 2014 *on now

The rows are a unique system of covered walkways on all four main streets of the city. They run through the frontages of the buildings above the shops at street level. They are medieval in origin and there are various theories about how they came into existence.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free

dance band

That'll Be the Day: the 1950s in Chester

  • 31 March — 4 July 2014 *on now

Never had it so good? Most of us were better off in the 1950s as austerity was swept away.Employment was stable, and we began to enjoy foreign holidays, TVs and even a family car. This exhibition looks at Chester during this decade, the dawning a bright shiny new age for all of us

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
HMS Chester

Cheshire's Great War Stories- For those in Peril - HMS Chester

  • 7 July — 19 December 2014

This photographic exhibition portrays the story of HMS Chester and the sailors who served on board.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+
A group of soldiers and a nurse

Cheshire Great War Stories - From Bombs to Bandages - The Convalescent Hospital

  • 7 July — 19 December 2014

Wounded soldiers were transferred home from the war to convalescent hospitals. This photograph exhibition portrays groups of unknown soldiers recovering in a Chester Convalescent hospital.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Available to view during Chester History and Heritage opening hours; Monday - Friday 10am -12 Noon & 1pm - 4pm. Also available to view first Saturday of month in July & October & Heritage Open Days Saturday 13 September.

A serving soldierand his wife

Cheshire's Great War Stories - Dulce et Decorum Est - Your Stories and Images.

  • 7 July — 19 December 2014

This exhibition is based on the contributions brought into the CHH Commemorative Roadshow last October, CHH's own collections and other items that have been contributed by individuals who could not attend the roadshow.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

Available to view during CHH opening hours. Monday - Friday 10am - 12 Noon & 1pm - 4pm. Additional openings First Saturday in month during August and October from 12 Noon - 4pm. Also available to view during our"Oh What a Lovely War!" event on 16 August from 11am - 5pm & Heritage Open Days Saturday 13 September 11am - 4pm.

Amelia Miles

Cheshire's Great War Stories The Nurse's Story - Amelia Miles

  • 7 July — 19 December 2014

Amelia Miles joined a unit travelling to France at the outbreak of World War I. She nursed in Claridges Hotel in Paris- which had been converted to a Military Hospital- throughout 1914 and treated the enormous number of casualties particularly during the retreat from Mons. Amelia was one of only a few nursing personnel who received a "Mons Star" medal for her work during this period. Later Amelia nursed in No. 222 Hospital in Mentone, looking after British, French, Italin and Salonican soldiers in the former Imperial Hotel.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

Free to view during Chester History & Heritage's Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 10am - 12 noon & 1pm - 4pm. Additional Summer opening on first Saturday of every month in August and October from 12 Noon - 4pm. Also available to view on Heritage Open Day Saturday 13 September 2014 11am - 4pm.

Cheshire's Great War Stories - It'll All Be Over by Christmas exhibition held at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

  • 27 September 2014 — 24 January 2015

It'll All Be Over by Christmas Exhibition. Held at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery.
27/09/2014 - 24/01/2015

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Warrington Museum and Art Gallery
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Museum Street
Cultural Quarter
Warrington
WA11JB

Admission

Admission Free

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Photograph of woman with a letter

Cheshire's Great War Stories - Poetry Workshops

  • 1 May 2014 6-8pm
  • 15 May 2014 6-8pm
  • 5 June 2014 6-8pm
  • 19 June 2014 6-8pm
  • 3 July 2014 6-8pm
  • 17 July 2014 6-8pm

A series of Poetry Workshops to be held at Chester Library around the themes of "Serving your Country", "On the Home Front" and "Tender Loving Care". New and aspiring writers to work with Manchester based performance poet Dominic Berry. Archive material from Cheshire Record Office and Chester Library will be used to trigger participants imaginations.
This event takes place at Chester Library, Northgate Street.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission to workshops but places must be booked as space is limited. Contact Chester Library on 01244 977380.

Poppy

Cheshire's Great War Stories - Olive Minors' talk on Nursing during WWI for Backford & Mollington Local History Society at Mollington Village Hall

  • 7 May 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Olive Minors talks on the topic of Nursing during World War One at Mollington Village Hall at 7.30pm

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+

Where

Backford and Mollington Village Hall
Mollington
Cheshire

Getting there

Off A41 at Mollington.

Admission

Admission £3.00 for any non-members who wish to attend.

Chester

Memories are Made of This

  • 7 May 2014 1:30-3:30pm

Join a tour guide for a walk around the city reminiscing about the buildings - some of which are gone now, and a golden age which was full of promise

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5 book at Chester History and Heritage on 01244 972210

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Cheshire's Great War Stories - Community Collection Roadshows - Winsford Library

  • 8 May 2014 11am-4pm

As part of the Great War Commemoration in Cheshire Museums and libraries are holding Community Collection Roadshows. These events are for people to bring in their World War One photographs, documents and objects to be scanned, and photographed and recorded.
Please note: Roadshow to be held at Winsford Library, CW7 2AS from 11am - 4pm.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children
Photograph of parcels containing the effects of German soldiers killed in action.

Trace your First World War Relatives

  • 13 May 2014 2:30-3:30pm

Linda Clarke from Cheshire Record Office talks about researching your local war memorial, and how to find information about your First World War relatives.

This event takes place at Northwich Library, Witton Street, Northwich.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Where

Northwich Library
Witton Street
Northwich
Cheshire
CW9 5DR

Admission

Admission price £3.00. Booking is essential at the enquiries desk at Northwich library.
Telephone 01606 44221.

Cheshire's Great War Stories - Chester Cathedral Choir First World War Commemoration Concert at Chester Cathedral

  • 17 May 2014 From 7:30pm

Hear Chester Cathedral Choir in concert to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.Philip Rushforth (director), Benjamin Chewter and Geoffrey Woollatt (organ). Music will include Parry's Songs of Farewell, Stanford's Magmificat in B flat (op164) and works by Ireland, Part and Tavener.
17 May at 7.30pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Chester Cathedral
St. Werburgh Street
Chester
Cheshire

Admission

Admission charges are £12.50 for adults and £7 for children. Please telephone the box office on 01244 500959 to book.

Photograph of woman with a letter

Cheshire's Great War Stories - A Soldiers' Cemetery

  • 7 June 2014 12:30-3pm

Expert family history researchers will use online records to help you to find your WW1 ancestor.
Free half hour online session.CHH open from 12 - 4pm. Half hour sessions between 12.30pm - 3.30pm.
Booking is essential on 01244 972210 as places are limited.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Free half hour online session but donations are welcome.

Cheshire's Great War Stories - A lecture by Adrian Sumner on the Art of War at the Goodwill Hall, Faddiley

  • 14 June 2014 From 7:30pm

Images of war and conflict in art. An informed but informal slide lecture looking at all aspects of war and conflict as portrayed in visual arts.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

The Goodwill Hall, Faddiley
The Goodwill Hall, Faddiley
Faddiley,
Nantwich
Cheshire
CW5 8JE

Admission

Please contact Goodwill Hall directly for ticket prices and further information. Telephone Janice Wycherley on 01270 524441. Please be advised that the venue is run by volunteer promoters and the box office is not open at all times. To avoid disappointment advance booking is recommended.

photograph of poppy

Cheshire's Great War Stories - A Soldiers' Cemetery

  • 5 July 2014 12:30-3:30pm

Family history researchers will use online records to help you to find your WW1 ancestor. Half an hour timeslots available. CHH open from 12 - 4pm. Half hour sessions between 12.30pm - 3.30pm.
Booking is essential on 01244 972210 as places are limited.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

A Free half hour session. Donations are welcome.

Photograph showing first world war aeroplane

Cheshire's Great War Stories - Some Corner of a Foreign Field; Poetry of WWI Reading

  • 9 July 2014 2-3:30pm

Join Tour Guide Gerry Tighe from 2pm - 3.30pm as he reads aloud some of our favourite Great War poems. Refreshments are available. Booking is essential on 01244 972210 as places are limited.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free event but donations are welcome to the Royal British Legion.

Cheshire's Great War Stories - A lecture by Adrian Sumner on the Art of War at Bickerton Village Hall.

  • 18 July 2014 From 7:30pm

The Art of War lecture by Adrian Sumner. Images of war and conflict in art. An informed but informal slide lecture looking at all aspects of war and conflict as portrayed in visual arts. Starts at 7.30pm.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

Bickerton Village Hall
Bickerton Village Hall
Bickerton
Malpas
Cheshire
SY14 8AU

Admission

Please contact Bickerton Village Hall directly for prices and further information. Telephone Carol Shadbolt on 01829 782392. or email shadboltcarol@gmail.com. Please be advised that the venue is run by volunteer promoters and the box office is not open at all times. To avoid disappointment advance booking is recommended.

phototgraph of girl making teddy bears in ww1

Make a First World War Toy

  • 31 July 2014 2-4pm

Make a toy that children would have used in the Great War at Grovenor Museum Newstead Gallery.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

A Free drop in event.

photograph of poppy on war memorial

Cheshire's Great War Stories - A Soldiers' Cemetery

  • 2 August 2014 12:30-3:30pm

A free half hour session in which family history researchers will use online records to help you to find your WW1 ancestor. CHH open from 12 - 4pm. Half hour sessions between 12.30pm - 3.30pm.
Booking is essential on 01244 972210 as places are limited.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

A Free half hour session but donations are welcome.

photograph of poppy on war memorial

Cheshire's Great War Stories - A Soldiers' Cemetery

  • 7 June 2014 12:30-3:30pm
  • 5 July 2014 12:30-3:30pm
  • 2 August 2014 12:30-3:30pm

A free half hour session in which family history researchers will use online records to help you to find your WW1 ancestor.
CHH open from 12 - 4pm. Half hour sessions between 12.30pm - 3.30pm.
Booking is essential on 01244 972210 as places are limited.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
photograph of poppy

Cheshire's Great War Stories - A talk by Mike Royden at Chester Library, Northgate Street

  • 5 August 2014 7-8:30pm

Researching the men of the local War Memorial.
Please note: this event takes place at Chester Library. Time 7pm - 8.30pm.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Where

Chester Library
Northgate Street
Chester
Cheshire

Admission

£3.00. Please book on 01244 977380.

New Zealand machine gunners fitting machine gun belts with cartridges

Cheshire's Great War Stories - Some Corner of a Foreign Field; Poetry of World War I Reading

  • 13 August 2014 6-7:30pm

Join Tour Guide Gerry Tighe from 6pm - 7.30pm as he reads aloud some of our favourite Great War poems. Refreshments are available. Booking is essential on 01244 972210 as places are limited.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

A Free event but donations welcome.

black and white photograph

Cheshire's Great War Stories - Some Corner of a Foreign Field

  • 9 July 2014 2-3:30pm
  • 13 August 2014 6-7:30pm
  • 17 September 2014 2-3:30pm

Join Tour Guide Gerry Tighe from 6pm - 7.30pm as he reads aloud some of our favourite Great War poems.

Refreshments are available. Booking is essential on 01244 972210 as places are limited.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Donations welcome.

oh what a lovely war

Oh What a Lovely War!

  • 16 August 2014 11am-5pm

Join re-enactment group The Cheshire Pals to experience life on 16 August 1916. Try a trench tea and write a soldier's letter home

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
a photo of a poppy next to gravestones

Cheshire's Great War Stories - A talk by Michael Richardson at Mollington Village Hall on World War I Memorial Boards

  • 3 September 2014 7:30-9pm

Michael Richardson talks at Mollington Village Hall on World War One Memorial Boards.

Please note: this even takes place at Mollington Village Hall, Cheshire.
Start time 7.30pm

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Where

Mollington Village Hall
Mollington
Cheshire

Getting there

Off A41 at Mollington

Admission

£3.00.

photograph of poppy

Cheshire's Great War Stories - Community Collection Roadshows: Neston Library

  • 13 September 2014 11am-4pm

As part of the Great War Commemoration in Cheshire museums and libraries are holding Community Collection Roadshows. These events are for people to bring in their World War I photographs, documents and objects to be scanned, photographed and recorded. Roadshow to be held at Neston Library, CH64 6QE from 11am - 4pm

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children
Soldiers

Cheshire's Great War Stories - Some Corner of a Foreign Field; Poetry of WWI Reading

  • 17 September 2014 2-3:30pm

Join Tour Guide Gerry Tighe from 2pm -3.30pm as he reads aloud some of our favourite Great War poems. Refreshments are available. Booking is essential on 01244 972210 as places are limited.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free event but donations welcome.

Family History Weekend & Local WWI display at St. Mary's Church with the parish of Nether Alderley & Great Warford.

  • 20 — 21 September 2014

Family History Weekend & Local WWI display at St. Mary's Church with the parish of Nether Alderley & Great Warford. Family history records, Stanley family Mausoleum open, guided tours & refreshments available.
Saturday 20 September open 11am- 5pm.
Sunday 21 September open 2pm - 5pm.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

St. Mary's Church with the parish of Nether Alderley & Great Warford
Nether Alderley
SK10 4TW

Admission

For further information please email:
info@stmarysalderley.com

Women and children in Cologne waiting to get milk which is allowed only for children under three years of age and for the sick. 17 March 1919.

Cheshire's Great War Stories - Community Collection Roadshows - Warrington Museum, Library & Art Gallery

  • 1 November 2014 11am-3pm

As part of the Great War Commemoration in Cheshire museums and libraries are holding Community Collection Roadshows. These events are for people to bring in their World War One photographs, documents and objects to be scanned, and photographed and recorded. Roadshow to be held at Warrington Museum and Library, WA1 1JB. Time 11.00am - 3.00pm

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children
Poppy

Cheshire's Great War Stories -A talk by Michael Richardson for Backford & Mollington Local History Society.

  • 5 November 2014 7:30-9pm

Michael Richardson talks on World War One Memorial Boards. Taking place at Backford, Mollington and District Local History Society.

Please note: this event takes place at Backford & Mollington Village Hall. Starts at 7.30pm.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Where

Backford & Mollington Village Hall
Mollington
Cheshire

Getting there

Off the A41 at Mollington.

Admission

A charge of £3.00 for non-members of the society.

Poppy

Cheshire's Great War Stories - A talk by Alan Robinson on the Somme 1916 for Backford & Mollington Local History Society

  • 3 December 2014 7:30-9pm

A talk by Alan Robinson on The Somme 1916 for Backford, Mollington & District Local History Society. Time 7.30pm.

Please note: this event takes place at Mollington Village Hall.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+

Where

Backford & Mollington Village Hall
Mollington
Cheshire

Getting there

off A41 at Mollington.

Admission

£3.00 admission for non-members.

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